Oct. 14, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
ON THE AIR -- Beginning this fall, in addition to KVNU 610 AM in Logan, all Utah State football games are carried live on KZNS 97.5 FM (Salt Lake City), KZNU 1450 AM (St. George), KVEL 920 AM (Vernal), KRPX 95.3 FM (Price) and KCPX 1490 AM (Moab)... The Aggie Sports Network will also carry the one-hour pregame and postgame shows for every Aggie football in addition to the 50-minute weekly coaches shows... All Aggie football games are also on the Internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on "Listen Live"... Legendary radio voice Al Lewis will handle the play-by-play duties, while former Aggie SID Craig Hislop provides analysis.
GAMETRACKER -- Fans can follow all USU Aggie home games, as well as Saturday's game, through the USU web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com via GameTracker, a free service, which updates play-by-play and statistics throughout the game.
`NET WATCHING -- Friday's game between the Aggies and Bulldogs will also be streamed on the Internet through WatchESPN.com (formerly known as ESPN3. com).
113 / 119 -- USU is taking the field for the 113th season of football in 119 years. The Aggies beat Utah, 12-0, in 1892, but then did not field a team until 1896, when they again only played one game but then played every year since with the exceptions of 1918 when to World War I and influenza cancelled the season and 1943 due to World War II.
A USU WIN WOULD...
Even USU's record on the season at 3-3, marking the best record through six games since 1983 when the Aggies also were 3-3.
Be the Aggies' first win in Fresno since 1980, as USU is 0-9-1 there in their last 10 meetings and would snap a five-game losing skein there after a 24-24 tie in 1990, losing the previous four before that.
Give Utah State its first win over Fresno State since 2006, halting a four-game losing skid, as USU's last win was a 13-12 thriller in 2006.
Open the Aggies' WAC ledger at 1-0 for just the second time in USU's seven seasons in the league, halting a two-game WAC-opener losing streak.
Improve Utah State to 4-2 in road conference openers.
Be USU's 12th win in its last 21 conference openers.
Move USU to 2-1 vs. Fresno State in conference openers, as Saturday is the second-straight season that the Aggies' WAC ledger has opened with the Bulldogs, while also opening the 1978 Big West slate against Fresno State.
Move USU to 11-15-1 overall vs. Fresno State.
Improve the Aggies to 3-11-1 at Fresno.
Be Utah State's second-straight win in the state of California and improve to 20-36-1 in games played on California soil.
Improve USU to 53-65-2 overall against schools from the state of California.
Even the Aggies' record at 7-7-1 in games played on Oct. 15 since 1921, winning two of the last three and three of last five on the 15th day of the 10th month.
Improve USU to 6-10-1 against Fresno State in October and stopping a two-game losing skid, as well as improving to 2-7-1 against the Bulldogs in Fresno in October.
Turn the "A" Blue, which received an upgrade with new, environmentally-safe LED lights last year.
A USU LOSS WOULD...
Be Utah State's fifth loss in a row overall to Fresno State, falling to 10-16-1 against the Bulldogs.
Deal the Aggies their sixth-straight loss at Fresno, sliding to 2-12-1 there, remaining winless since 1980.
Slide USU to 5-11-1 vs. FS in October meetings, including 1-8-1 against the Bulldogs in Fresno in October.
Drop USU to 6-8-1 on Oct. 15 since 1921, losing two in a row and three of last four.
Deal the Aggies their 11th loss on California soil in their last 12 games, sliding to 19-37-1 in games played in California.
Slide USU's record against schools from the state of California to 52-63-2.
Drop USU to 2-4 overall on the season.
As always, be not as good as a win.
WE'RE GOING STREAKING -- Several Utah State players and the Aggie team take streaks into Saturday's game:
WR Stanley Morrison Has at least one catch in 29-straight games played, which leads the WAC.*
RB Robert Turbin Rushed for 100-yards in four-straight games.
Rushed for at least 60 yards in his last 11 games played.*
Scored at least one rushing TD in last 10 games played.*
Tallied a rushing and a receiving TD in last two games.
OL Philip Gapelu Logged 28-straight starts.
RB/KR Kerwynn Williams Had at least a 24-yard kick return in 11-straight games.
WR Eric Moats Has at least one catch in last five games and 27 of last 29 games in career.
WR Matt Austin Has at least one catch in last six games played.
LB Bobby Wagner Started 32-consecutive games.
Made at least six tackles in 21-straight games.
Posted double-digit tackles in last five games.
LB Kyle Gallagher Started 18-consecutive games.
Posted at least five tackles in last nine games.
Utah State Offense Amassed 250 rushing yards in six-consecutive games.
Rushed for at least 34 attempts in 31-straight games.
Scored a rushing TD in six-straight games.
Utah State Defense Registered a fumble recovery in last four games.
Held opposition without a 20-yard run or longer in five straight games. * = retro-active to 2009, missed 2010 season with injury
ITS RAINING CATS AND DOGS -- Saturday's match up against the Bulldogs of Fresno State is the Aggies' fourth match-up against a dog or a cat in their six games, facing three feline foes in its first four games... USU faced the Tigers of Auburn on Sept. 3, the Wildcats of Weber State on Sept. 10 and the Cougars of BYU on Sept. 28.
BACK-TO-BACK BULLDOGS -- USU's game against Fresno State is the first of back-to-back against Bulldogs, as the southern variety from Louisiana Tech visit Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium next Saturday, Sept. 22.
TIME TRAVELERS -- Saturday is the Aggies' first trip to the Pacific Time Zone this season, the first of two trips, returning at Idaho on Nov. 19... USU plays two road games in the Mountain Time Zone (at BYU on Sept. 30 and at New Mexico State on Dec. 3) and the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone (at Hawai'i on Nov. 5) after opening the season in the Central Time Zone at Auburn on Sept. 3.
TRIPPIN' -- Saturday's game at Fresno State is USU's fourth-shortest of the season for the optimists or third-longest trip of the season for the pessimists:
Auburn - Sept. 3 1,862 miles BYU - Sept. 28 127 miles Fresno State - Oct. 15 858 miles Hawai'i - Nov. 5 3,015 miles Idaho - Nov. 19 430 miles New Mexico State - Dec. 3 712 miles
COACH DADS -- Utah State head coach Gary Andersen and Fresno State head coach Pat Hill play double duty, as they both have sons on their respective squads who also both wear double number jersey numbers, as Andersen's son Keegan is a redshirt-freshman tight end for the Aggies, wearing #22, while Hill's son Zak is a senior defensive back for the Bulldogs, wearing #33.
BIG CATCH -- Utah State is one of 17 teams in the country with at least five players with a minimum of five catches and average at least 10.6 yards per catch.
New Mexico State 8 Arizona State 7 Louisville 7 Alabama 6 Central Michigan 6 Florida State 6 West Virginia 6 Tennessee 6 Florida 6 UTAH STATE 5 Arizona 5 Stanford 5 Washington State 5 Georgia 5 Arkansas 5 Arkansas State 5 Idaho 5PINNING PUNTERS -- Both Utah State and Fresno State have punters who are good at pinning, not in the wrestling sense, but pinning the opposition inside the 20-yard line, as Bulldogs' punter Andrew Shapiro is tied for sixth in the country with 13 punts inside the 20 while Aggies' punter Tyler Bennet is tied for 17th in the nation with 10 punts... Nearly half of Bennett's punts (10-of-21, .476) have been inside the 20, while Shapiro has just over a third of his punts inside the 20 (13-of-35, .371).
Rank Player, School I20 TB 1. Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech 20 2 Steven Clark, Auburn 20 2 --- T6. Andrew Shapiro, Fresno State 13 3 --- T17. Tyler Bennett, Utah State 10 3GOIN' BACK TO CALI' -- Utah State has a total of 21 players on its roster who are from California:
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Exp. Hometown (High School/Last School) *2 Adam Kennedy QB 6-5 218 JR TR Elk Grove, Calif. (Franklin HS/San Joaquin Delta College) *4 Matt Austin WR 6-2 198 JR 1L Monrovia, Calif. (Charter Oak HS/Mt. San Antonio JC) 6 Robert Turbin RB 5-10 216 JR RS/2L Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS) 9 Bobby Wagner LB 6-1 232 SR 3L Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS) *10 Chris Harris S 5-8 187 SR 3L Pasadena, Calif. (Duarte HS) *14 Taylor Hughes QB 6-1 174 SR TR Corona Del Mar, Calif. (Corona del Mar HS/Orange Coast CC) 15 Reuben Willis LB 5-10 233 SR 2L Lakewood, Calif. (Mayfair HS/El Camino JC) 18 Shaan Johnson^ WR 6-1 184 FR RS Cerritos, Calif. (Gahr HS) *21 Terrence Alston CB 5-10 175 JR TR Richmond, Calif. (Vanden HS/Solano CC) 23 JD Ogilvie^ CB 5-10 192 SO RS Huntington Beach, Calif. (Huntington Beach HS/Valparaiso) *25 Cedric Provost^ S 6-0 189 FR RS Moreno Valley, Calif. (Canyon Springs HS/South Dakota State) 28 Joey DeMartino^ RB 5-11 201 JR 1L San Diego, Calif. (Mt. Carmel HS/Grossmont JC) 32 Joe Hill RB 5-11 180 FR RS Fullerton, Calif. (Fullerton HS) 37 Quinn Garner DE 6-3 263 SR 3L Santa Cruz, Calif. (Santa Cruz HS) 43 Kyle Gallagher LB 6-0 225 SR 3L Woodland, Calif. (Woodland HS) 57 Havea Lasike DL 6-1 305 JR TR Sunnyvale, Calif. (Lincoln HS/Foothill JC) 67 Oscar Molina-Sanchez OL 6-5 287 JR 2L Baldwin Park, Calif. (Baldwin Park HS) 68 Philip Gapelu OG 6-2 299 SR 3L Lynwood, Calif. (Lynwood HS) 80 Chuck Jacobs WR 6-0 170 JR TR Richmond, Calif. (Kennedy HS/Laney JC) 93 Nick Diaz^ PK 5-7 185 SO 1L Redondo Beach, Calif. (Redondo Union HS) 97 Mark Hutchinson^ LS 5-11 192 FR HS Corona, Calif. (Corona Santiago HS)FAMILIAR VOLLEYBALL / FOOTBALL FOES -- Utah State is facing Fresno State in two sports this week, as in addition to Saturday's match-up on the gridiron, the two schools squared off in volleyball action Thursday night in Logan, with Utah State collecting a 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14) win, improving to 8-11 on the season and 3-3 in the WAC while Fresno State falls to 8-10 overall and 3-3 in WAC play... The Aggie volleyball team hosts Nevada on Saturday at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
* = Duplicate # / ^ = not on travel roster
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